Fernando Alarid-Escudero, M.Econ., Ph.D. Candidate



Health Services Research, Policy and Administration (HSRP&A), PhD

About me

Area of Emphasis: Health Decision Sciences

Advisor: Karen M. Kuntz, Sc.D.

Co-Advisor: Eva Enns, Ph.D.

Research Interests: Decision-analytic modeling, Bayesian methods for statistical inference and cost-effectiveness analysis, value of information (VOI), health technology assessment, infectious and chronic disease mathematical modeling, and model estimation and calibration.

Bio: I'm a PhD candidate and a Fulbright scholar at University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Division of Health Policy and Management. I currently work a Graduate Research Assistant on the CISNET2 project: Modeling Effective Health Policies for Colorectal Cancer, and the CERVICCS project: comparative effectiveness to define the reasonable range of options for cervical cancer screening (CERVICCS)

    I hold a bachelors' degree in Biomedical Engineering form the Metropolitan Autonomous University (UAM) and a master's degree in Economics from the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE), both in Mexico City.  During 2009-2012 I was researcher and adjunct professor in Health Economics at the National Institute of Public Health (INSP) in Cuernavaca, Mexico, working with large datasets on modeling, cost-effectiveness analysis, and quantitative evaluation of health interventions and social programs.

My background in engineering and economics places me in a great position to develop and apply integrated methods of mathematical modeling in decision and cost-effectiveness analysis. 

Presentations at research/academic meetings and seminars:

  • 16th Biennial European Conference of the Society of Medical Decision Making, London, UK, June 2016. [Lee B. Lusted student award winner]
  • 37th Annual North American Meeting of the Society of Medical Decision Making, St. Louis, MO, October 2015. [Lee B. Lusted student award winner]
  • ISPOR 5th Latin America Conference, Santiago, Chile, September 2015.
  • INFORMS Healthcare, Nashville, TN, July 2015.
  • Minnesota Health Services Research Conference, St. Paul, MN, March 2015.
  • 36th Annual North American Meeting of the Society of Medical Decision Making, Miami, FL, October 2014. [Lee B. Lusted student award winner; Two nominations for the Lee B. Lusted student award] Work presented at SMDM 2014
  • Decision Sciences Journal Club at University of Minnesota, October 2014.
  • Decision Sciences Journal Club at University of Minnesota, September 2014.
  • Academy Health, San Diego, CA, June 2014.
  • Toronto Health Economics and Technology Assessment Collaborative (THETA), THETA rounds, University of Toronto, Canada, April 2014.
  • Minnesota Health Services Research Conference, St. Paul, MN, March 2014. [Second place student paper competition].
  • 35th Annual North American Meeting of the Society of Medical Decision Making, Baltimore, MD, October 2013. [One nomination for the Lee B. Lusted student award]
  • Cancer Prevention and Control Seminar, University of Minnesota, October 2013.
  • Seminar on Evaluation of Health Programs and Policies, INSP, Cuernavaca, Mexico, 2012, 2011, 2009.
  • Latin-American Congress of Biomedical Engineer (CLAIB), Margarita Island, Venezuela, September 2007.

Publications:

Pubmed publications

Jalal H, Alarid-Escudero F. A Gaussian Approximation Approach for Value of Information Analysis. Medical Decision Making (forthcoming), 2017.

Alarid-Escudero, F., Blaes, A., and Kuntz, K.M. “Trade-offs Between Efficacyand Cardiac Toxicity of Adjuvant Chemotherapy in Early-Stage Breast CancerPatients: Do Competing Risks Matter?.” The Breast Journal (online fist), 2017. 

Jalal H, Pechlivanoglou P, Krijkamp E, Alarid-Escudero F, Enns EA, Hunink, MGM. "An Overview of R in Health Decision Sciences." Medial Decision Making (online first), 2017.

Drake, C., Higuera, L., Alarid-Escudero, F, Feldman, R. “A Kinked Health Insurance Market:  Employer-Sponsored Insurance under the Cadillac Tax” 2016. American Journal of Health Economics, 2017;3(4). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2925303 

Kozhimannil, K.B., Hardeman, R.R., Alarid-Escudero, F., Vogelsang, C., Blauer- Peterson, C., Howell, E.A. “Modeling the cost effectiveness of doulacare for reducing preterm birth and cesarean delivery”, Birth, 2016;43(1):20-7.

Alarid-Escudero F, Kuntz KM: Estimating relative survival for screen- and symptom-detected colorectal cancer patients, in The 19th Minnesota Health Services Research Conference, St. Paul, MN, 2015

Alarid-Escudero F, Enns E , Maclehose R, Kuntz KM: Calibration of piecewise Markov models using a Bayesian change-point analysis through an iterative convex optimization algorithm, in The 36th Annual Meeting of the Society for Medical Decision Making. Miami, FL, SMDM, 2014, p E102 [Lee B. Lusted student award winner]

Alarid-Escudero F, Kuntz KM: Potential bias associated with modeling the effectiveness of treatment using an overall hazard ratio, in The 36th Annual Meeting of the Society for Medical Decision Making. Miami, FL, SMDM, 2014, p E103 [Lee B. Lusted student award finalist]

Alarid-Escudero F, Blaes A, Kuntz KM: Trade-offs between efficacy and cardiac toxicity of adjuvant chemotherapy in early-stage breast cancer patients. Do Competing risks matter?, in Academy Health, San Diego, CA, 2014

Alarid-Escudero F, Blaes A, Kuntz KM: Trade-offs between efficacy and cardiac toxicity of adjuvant chemotherapy in early-stage breast cancer patients. Do Competing risks matter?, in The 35th Annual Meeting of the Society for Medical Decision Making. Baltimore, MD, SMDM, 2013, p E65 [Lee B. Lusted student award finalist]

Alarid-Escudero F, Sosa-Rubí SG, Fernández B, Galárraga, O: Cost-benefit analysis: HIV/AIDS prevention in migrants in Central America. Salud Publica Mex 55:S23–S30, 2013

Angeles G, Gutierrez JP, Alarid-Escudero F: Evaluación Externa del Programa Oportunidades 2010 en Zonas Urbanas (2002-2009): Efectos de Oportunidades en Salud y Nutrición (ed 1st). Mexico City, Secretaría de Desarrollo Social, 2011

Alarid-Escudero F, Solís-Escalante T, Melgar E, et al: Registro de señales de EEG para aplicaciones de Interfaz Cerebro Computadora (ICC) basado en Potenciales Evocados Visuales de Estado Estacionario (PEVEE), in Mueller-Karger C, Wong S, Cruz A La (eds): CLAIB 2007, IFMBE Proceedings 18. Margarita Island, Venezuela, Springerlink, 2007, pp 87–90

Professional Activities:

I am a professional member of the Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM) and a member of the Career Development Committee.

Additional Material:

R Tutorial for short course at SMDM 2014

Spectral decomposition of transition matrices

Useful Resources:

Create your own QR code

Templates to create a poster in LaTeX using Beamer 

LinkedIn website: http://www.linkedin.com/in/fernandoalarid

Contact: alari006[at]umn[dot]edu

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